Although Marianne Manko joined WAND in June 2013, she is no stranger to the viewers in Central Illinois. Prior to joining our news team, Marianne was the Evening Anchor at both WICS ABC NewsChannel 20 and WRSP/WCCU FOX Illinois. Marianne brings a wealth of experience to her job, some of which she was literally thrown into. In 1987 - two weeks after moving to Los Angeles - Marianne found herself in the epicenter of a deadly magnitute 6.1 earthquake which destroyed the downtown area just blocks from her new home in Whittier. Although she did not yet have a reporter job, she picked up a mic and a camera and began freelance reporting. Before long Marianne was working full time in news. She moved to Orlando -- working first as a statewide syndicated radio reporter, then as an airborne traffic reporter where she also helped in major hurricane evacuations and even reported nationwide for Metro Networks in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Marianne also worked as a Weather Anchor for WOFL FOX 35 in Orlando, and has more than 17 years experience reporting on natural disasters like hurricanes. In 2000 she made a brief departure from news when, on a fluke, she took part in a nationwide audition to be the next QVC Host -- and won! But before long she was back in the news game. "News is my first love" she says "and I can find no better way to serve my community. It's what I do best." Marianne returned to news at KRGV-TV, Anchoring and Reporting on the Texas/Mexico border on hardline issues like homeland security, immigration and customs enforcement and the deadly business of Mexican drug cartels before moving to Central Illinois. Marianne is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, a former Mrs. Florida and sits on the Board of Directors for Kidzeum in Springfield.
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